Forty years ago this February, President Gerald Ford, was the first to recognize “Black History Month.” This period of acknowledgement evolved from “Negro History Week,” that was created by historian Carter G. Woodson, and other prominent African-Americans. This installment of the FUNKALICIOUS blog, is a retrospective of some American and Internatinal “Black” History accomplishments and occurrences, throughout 2015…
Floyd Norman was employed as an inbetweener ( the process of generating intermediate frames between two images to give the appearance that the first image evolves smoothly into the second image) on Sleeping Beauty at Walt Disney Productions, becoming the first Black artist to remain at the studio on a long-term basis. This is a follow up to his article on his recollections of his pitch to Bill Cosby for his new animated show.
The first year I started this blog, I wrote a poem for Mothers http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2009/05/20/funky-mothers-day/. I sent it out to all my friends that are moms via e-mail and made it my sixth blog installment. Earlier this week, an old friend of mine lost his dad, and another reminded me that Father’s Day was this Sunday. So I took time out to write a little something, in hopes it will allow “My Fellow Fathers” to have a better Monday.
Review all of the press coverage received to date for the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour.
I recently had an opportunity to speak with Leo Sullivan, one of the pioneering Black animators who helped lead the revolution of positive Black animated characters during the 1970’s. I interviewed Leo for close to an hour, spoke to him after the interview for a little longer. He was gracious, humorous and introspective. His bio and interview are below. It was an honor to speak to this Animation Legend.
Fat Albert, Schoolhouse Rock, The Harlem Globetrotters: with their retro animation styles, these 1970s cartoons seem dated now, but in their time, they were groundbreaking.
Think of trailblazing black TV shows, and The Cosby Show immediately comes to mind. But before the Cliff Huxtable, there was Fat Albert, Bill Cosby’s beloved animated creation that became famous for his catchphrase, “Hey, hey, hey!”
The mission of the Museum Of UnCut Funk is to “preserve funky Black Cultural artifacts and history for future generations.”
Just in time for Black History Month, a new exhibition in Harlem looks at the rise of black characters on classic Saturday morning cartoons. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.
The Museum Of UnCut Funk and our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered in the Black History Month Supplement of USA Today.
Pre-Boomerang/Cartoon Network, when there were only three major networks (CBS, NBC and ABC), part of the television ritual for kids during the 1970s was Saturday morning cartoons.
On February 2, 2014 our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition at the Schomburg Center was mentioned on the ABC 7 NY community affairs program Here and Now.
The Museum Of UnCut Funk visited the FanBros Show to talk about our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition at the Schomburg Center. Kimsonian from FanBros came to our Curator’s Talk and to see the exhibition.
Hey Hey Hey! New Animation-Inspired Exhibit, Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution to Open at Schomburg Center February 5th.
Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered by Tanya Ballard Brown for NPR’s Code Switch blog. Below is Tanya’s article, which includes her conversation with legendary animator Leo Sullivan, who worked on the Fat Albert cartoon special and series and several other 1970’s cartoons that featured positive Black characters.
As exemplified in an episode of Kevin Hart’s new series the “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Richard Pryor is the all time “King of Comedy.” Hart has a poster sized photograph of Pryor on his living room wall in the BET show.
Celebrating the 40th anniversaries of Blaxploitation films and films that starred Black actors during the Blaxploitation film genre. These films were released from January 1 – December 31, 1971 during the “Greatest Decade Ever” in Black cinematic history. Most of these movie posters are in the collection of The Museum Of UnCut Funk, with the exception of Black Chariot.
Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids Buzzy’s Rebound is a promotional comic book that was first published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1972, and has been reprinted several times since then. This comic deals with a young kid who learns that sports and alcohol don’t mix. Check it out below.
I Spy is a secret agent TV adventure series that ran for three seasons, from 1965 to 1968. I Spy teamed Robert Culp, who played international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill Cosby as his trainer, Alexander Scott. I Spy was groundbreaking because it was the first American television drama to feature a Black actor, Bill Cosby, in a lead role.
The Electric Company was an educational children’s television series produced by the Children’s Television Workshop (now called Sesame Workshop) for PBS. The Electric Company ran for 780 episodes of over the course of six seasons from October 25, 1971 to April 15, 1977, and continued in re-runs from 1977 to 1985.